Published: Thu, January 10, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

Kitchens, Stefanski finalists for Browns job

One week into their expansive coaching search, the Browns are huddling. It is expected that Kitchens' staff will be announced in the coming days.

If Mayfield can make some steady strides over the next year or two, the Browns might be competing for playoff position sooner than later.

The Cleveland Browns selected offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens to be their new head coach Wednesday.

For the most comprehensive local coverage, subscribe today. The rookie quarterback and Kitchens did great things together over the past year. McCarthy has since told teams that he won't pursue or consider any job openings other than the New York Jets. This would lead to an assumption that outside of a name that either has no connection to Kitchens or one that wouldn't be recognized, an internal hire could be the most realistic situation for the Browns' offensive coordinator position. Browns fans always have strong opinions. It's a stark difference from Mayfield's games under Haley, in which he was 1-4 as a starter and completed 58.3 percent with eight touchdowns, six interceptions and 20 sacks.

Kitchens, 44, interviewed with the Browns on Monday, and interim head coach Gregg Williams also interviewed for the job last week.

Kitchens will get the chance. He's already shown them what he can do in eight games. With Kitchens running the offense, the battle is half-won. They (Dorsey) know me well enough.

And Mayfield wasn't the only player who developed under Kitchens as left tackle Greg Robinson and wide receiver Breshad Perriman, cast-offs at recent stops, made significant contributions.

It's pretty obvious that the Browns greatly valued the presence of Kitchens within the Browns locker room.

A native of Gadsden, AL, Kitchens played quarterback with the Crimson Tide from 1993 to 1997 before joining the coaching ranks in 1999 at Glenville State. "I didn't have a starting point in this league", he said earlier this season.

He's never taken his climb for granted. "I grew up the son of a tiremaker at Goodyear Tire and Rubber plant in Gadsden, Alabama".

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